The Argentinian boss asked his current employers for permission to terminate his contract one year in advance
Goal can confirm that Mauricio Pochettino has informed Paris Saint-Germain of his desire to leave the club amid interest in his services from Real Madrid and Tottenham.
PSG recruited Pochettino to replace Thomas Tuchel in the hot seat of the Parc des Princes at the start of the year, and he then guided the club to a double Coupe de France and Trophée des Champions.
The Argentine still has a year left on his contract with the Ligue 1 giants, but Goal understands that Real are eager to lure him to the Santiago Bernabeu, while Spurs have reached out to their former head coach to discuss his potential return to the club.
Pochettino wants to leave PSG
Pochettino has told PSG officials he wants to terminate his contract, leaving sporting director Leonardo uncertain on the best way forward.
PSG had planned to remain confident in their project with the Argentine until 2022, despite the team’s failure to retain the Ligue 1 title last season.
Pochettino still has a special affection for the club and Goal has learned that he will respect any decision they make regarding his future, even if that means continuing in the dugout for another 12 months.
Real’s pursuit of Pochettino
Real have identified Pochettino as their number one target to replace Zinedine Zidane, who resigned his position at the Bernabeu last week after a 2020-21 campaign without a trophy.
The Spanish side are ready to be patient in their search for a new manager and have also identified former Inter tactician Antonio Conte and academy coach Raul as potential candidates in case Pochettino turns down the job.
Would a return to Spurs be on the agenda?
Pochettino established himself among the European managerial elite during his first stint at Tottenham between 2014 and 2019, transforming the running squad also into top four regulars and Champions League finalists.
The team have taken a step back under his successor, Jose Mourinho, who was sacked in April amid a string of poor results, and club president Daniel Levy is now keen to bring in a familiar face to stabilize vessel.
Spurs are ready to offer Pochettino the stability of a long-term contract, and he might be drawn to the role again as his family remains closely tied to London.